The Beloit City Council met on Tuesday evening. All council members were present as well as Mayor Tom Naasz, City Manager Jason Rabe, City Attorney Katie Schroeder, and City Clerk Amanda Lomax.
City Manager Rabe reported the Court Street drainage project is progressing nicely. At times, it seems as if it is an archeological dig with all the old bottles, cans and miscellaneous artifacts they are unearthing in the process.
The Little Red Schoolhouse renovation project is near completion. Paint crews are awaiting a calm day to coat the building with primer and red paint on the exterior. The school belfry has been refurbished and the bell put in place. The Little Red Schoolhouse coordinating committee was meeting on Thursday this week to view informational signs that is being donated by Bell Memorial. The building is expected to be ready for a re-dedication ceremony over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Rabe informed the Council that the Safe Routes to School project in nearing the initial construction phase. This project will create a network of sidewalks focused on providing children better and safer routes to and from school.
The city-wide clean-up, which typically follows the city-wide garage sales, has been postponed to a fall date. The labor intensive requirements of the current Court Street project has a large share of city workers dedicated to that project and unavailable to conduct the city-wide clean-up.
Rabe also reported that the FAA is satisfied with the work being done at Moritz Memorial Airport.
Economic Development Director Heather Hartman has recently attended workshops aimed at gaining skills and competencies in the many areas her work demands. Hartman also reported she is working on the next Housing Rehabilitation grant application.
The Council approved the hiring of Tyler Sutton as a new member of the Beloit Fire Department. The council also approved Jason Rinaldo to a spot on the Beloit Planning Commission.
An engineering contract in the amount of $19,500 to develop a plan for the HVAC system at the North Campus was approved.
Rabe explained the new purchasing policy to the council. This was followed by a discussion of the city’s policy of giving local vendors a 10 percent window on bids that compete with outside vendors.
City Attorney Schroeder reviewed the recently proposed City Cemetery Ordinance and highlighted the additions and omissions from the original copy she submitted at an earlier meeting.
The Beloit City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and the Municipal Building in Beloit